egoistic suicide


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egoistic suicide

the form of SUICIDE identified by DURKHEIM (1895) as being associated with ‘excessive egoism’, or individualism. As suggested by Durkheim, the incidence of egoistic suicide ‘varies with the degree of integration of society’. For example, the reason that Protestants more frequently commit suicide than Catholics, Durkheim suggests, is that the collective beliefs and practices of the latter involve a stronger integration of the individual within the religious community, and far less sanction for individualism.
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Egoist Suicide: Egoistic Suicide is inherent factor when one lacks altruistic feelings and does not find himself fit into the pre-defined morality of society.
He thus defines four types of suicide, such as egoistic suicide, altruistic suicide, anomic suicide and fatalist suicide.
* Egoistic suicide due to the hypo-integration of the individual in the community or society.
Suicidal behavior is common in societies where there is a low degree of social integration (leading to egoistic suicide).
(2,4,8,15,16,24) All 3 Durkheimian types of suicides occur in the elderly--a sense of isolation leads to "egoistic suicide", social deregulation and normlessness predispose to "anomic suicide", and some seniors eliminate themselves to 'unburden' their family (the "altruistic type").
Egoistic suicide occurs when an individual has a low level of integration into society.
Egoistic suicide resulted from too little social integration.
Durkheim described the type of suicide associated with this second increase as "altruistic." Egoistic suicide, he observed, was rare in "lower" societies.